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Damian Lillard scores 15,000 points, Portland Trail Blazers beat Golden State Warriors

Damian Lillard joined Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler as the solitary Portland players to score 15,000 focuses for the establishment, getting done with 34 as the Trail Blazers ruined Golden State’s home opener with a 123-98 win over the Warriors on Friday night.

“Fifteen thousand is a huge accomplishment, something that I’m proud of but my work is far from done,” Lillard said.

CJ McCollum added 28 focuses for Portland, thumping down 4 of 5 3-pointers ahead of schedule as the Trail Blazers hit 10 of 15 from long reach to begin the game. McCollum turned into the second part in NBA history to make at least 25 over the initial five rounds of a season.

Stephen Curry did it twice. He shot only 4 for 12 from profound and had 26 focuses, eight bounce back and five helps for the Warriors, Andrew Wiggins scored 15 and Kelly Oubre Jr. contributed 10 focuses in his first home game with the group.

Brilliant State at long last returned to Chase Center for its first home game in a 297-day range. However, the Warriors assumed another disproportionate misfortune following a 2-2 excursion in which they were outscored by 65 in annihilations at Brooklyn and Milwaukee at that point succeeded at Chicago and Detroit by a joined 11 focuses.

“They came out smoking hot, they were making everything,” coach Steve Kerr said.

Lillard, from the Warriors’ previous city of Oakland, shot 11 for 21 with six 3-pointers and furthermore doled out eight helps. He found the middle value of 43.7 focuses, 5.7 bounce back and 8.0 aids three games against the Warriors last season — remembering a 61-point execution for Jan. 20, 2020.

Draymond Green didn’t score and had four bounce back, four helps and four fouls over almost 18 minutes making his season debut for Golden State, his first game since Feb. 27 against the Los Angeles Lakers and a stretch of 309 days. He had been sidelined the initial four games by a correct foot injury subsequent to being postponed beginning instructional course since he had the Covid.

“Draymond just looks like he’s getting his wind. He looked like a guy who missed training camp and has been working his way to get onto the floor,” Kerr said. “It looked like an exhibition-style game for him. That’s not a criticism, it’s just where he is physically.”

No. 2 generally draft pick James Wiseman gave Golden State a panic when he went down snatching his left lower leg late prior to strolling off all alone. It wasn’t not kidding and he is relied upon to play Sunday.

Pictures of the late Clifford Robinson wearing the two Warriors and Blazers pullovers were appeared on the big screen during a first-quarter break. He kicked the bucket Aug. 29 at age 53.

NO FANS

The Warriors dropped their title pennants down underneath one container, a decent touch for fans to look on TV.

NEW YEAR’S HOOPS

The Warriors played at home on New Year’s Day for simply the fourth time in establishment history and the first run through since a 125-93 win against the Kansas City Kings in 1982 for the 499th profession instructing triumph by Warriors Hall of Famer Al Attles.

Brilliant State hadn’t played Jan. 1 since 2011 at Miami.

“I’m happy the year is ending, like most people. It’s been a lousy year for everybody,” Kerr said leading into the game. “As a coach my job is to remind our players that better times are ahead, on and off the court. On the court we had the worst record in the league in 2020. … If you look at the off-the-court stuff, there is a light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccines and with just a glimpse of the future and we’ve got to all continue to try to inspire others to be smart, be safe, try to protect each other, wear our masks and be really patient and understand that we’re all going to get through this eventually. It’s not going to happen overnight.”

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: F Rodney Hood was restricted to five minutes in view of a spasm in his left quadriceps. … Drexler scored 18,040 focuses. In Lillard’s 620th game played, he tied Larry Bird as 21st-quickest in NBA history to score 15,000 focuses and fourth among dynamic players behind LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony. … Anthony’s 18 focuses gave him 26,499 and he passed Tim Duncan (26,496) for fourteenth put on the untouched NBA scoring list.

Warriors: The Warriors started 3 for 12 to fall behind 22-7. … Brilliant State played its first home game since March 10 against the Clippers. … Curry has made an establishment record 76 straight free tosses. Curry hasn’t missed at the line since March 29, 2019, versus Memphis, at that point started the current streak that equivalent game. … Andrew Wiggins (15 focuses) has scored in twofold figures each game up until now. … C Marquese Chriss went through a medical procedure Thursday to balance out his correct lower leg joint after an enduring a lower leg and fibular break during training in Chicago on Dec. 26. He will quickly start recovery and is scheduled to be reconsidered in around a quarter of a year.

UP NEXT

After the rivals’ first gathering in almost a year since Portland’s 129-124 extra time succeed at home on Jan. 20, 2020, they meet for the second round of their arrangement Sunday night back at Chase Center as Golden State proceeds with a season-high stretch with seven straight home games.

“The decent thing is scaling back the movement,” Kerr said.